Victory! Park7 Group Adopts Humane Rodent Deterrents After Push From PETA

For Immediate Release:
October 11, 2023

Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382

Waco, Texas – Following PETA’s appeal for humane rodent control amid an influx of rodents at Park Place Waco—an apartment complex popular with Baylor University students—owner Park7 Group has adopted new deterrents that will protect mice, rats, and residents alike. The New York–based property management company has sealed off entryways into the building, asked tenants to dispose of any cruel glue traps they may have, and discouraged residents from leaving out food or trash.

“Soon after learning from PETA that humane deterrents work to keep rodents away, Park7 Group took action to protect mice and rats from needless suffering,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s two billboards will remain up to remind other property managers to follow Park7 Group’s example and treat rodents kindly.”

Wildlife—including birds, snakes, mice, rats, and squirrels—who get stuck in glue traps struggle desperately to escape, sometimes chewing off their own limbs before succumbing to shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. Deadly measures also fail as a long-term solution because they neglect to address the source of the problem: As long as food remains accessible, more animals will move in to take the place of those who have been killed.

PETA’s billboards appear at 1226 Speight Ave. and 825 La Salle Ave. in Waco.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.

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